The Spirit of Modern German Literature: Lectures Delivered before the University of Wisconsin

The Spirit of Modern German Literature: Lectures Delivered before the University of Wisconsin

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The Spirit of Modern German Literature: Lectures Delivered before the University of Wisconsin

The Spirit of Modern German Literature: Lectures Delivered before the University of Wisconsin

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This small volume is not polemical in spirit or intention. When, however, through the kindness of my friend Professor A. R. Hohlfeld, the University of Wisconsin invited me to lecture on some phase of modern German literature, an appropriate opportunity seemed provided for recalling to the calmer and more reflective among us the true character of the clearest self-expression of modern Germany.

If my praise of certain German novels and plays and poems seem excessive, let me remind my critics to ask themselves whether they have read these novels and plays and poems with a full and exact mastery of the German tongue. Let me beg them, at all events, not to ascribe my estimates to the enthusiasm of the narrow specialist. I am not that. Period by period, I know English literature rather better than German, and French . . .

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